Social Welfare

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Child maintenance payments are now excluded from all social welfare means tests following the commencement of new legislation. The Social Welfare and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2024 provides for significant reforms expected to benefit over 16,000 lone parents and help to reduce child p

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Law Centre NI has successfully overturned an HMRC decision on the allocation of child benefit in a case involving parents with 50/50 joint custody. The law centre took judicial review proceedings to challenge a decision by HMRC to withdraw child benefit from its client, who was in minimum wage emplo

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Human rights lawyer Les Allamby has been appointed to the UK government's Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). Mr Allamby, a solicitor who has previously served as director of Law Centre NI and chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), is one of six new appoin

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Lone parents will no longer have to prove they have made efforts to seek child maintenance from their child's other parent when applying for the one-parent family payment or jobseekers' transitional payment. The new regulations, signed into effect by social protection minister Heather Humphreys, fol

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Legal rights group FLAC has said it is disappointed by a court decision to refuse a widower's pension to a bereaved member of a cohabiting couple with three children, who had lived together in a committed relationship for 20 years but had not married. The High Court last week refused judicial review

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A single mother-of-two who was refused access to the one parent family payment on the basis she failed to satisfy the habitual residence condition has succeeded in a review with support from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) overturned the refus

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Professor Grainne McKeever, professor of law and social justice at the University of Ulster, has been appointed to chair an independent review of the discretionary support scheme. Professor McKeever will be joined on the panel by Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick, also of University of Ulster; Gerry McConville o

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The new Commission on Taxation and Welfare, chaired by Professor Niamh Moloney, head of the law department at LSE, will hold its first meeting today. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe yesterday announced the appointment of 13 tax and welfare experts joining Professor Moloney on the commission.

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